• Bishop E.W. Jackson says president should have told black folks they can change their lives by hard work.
By Victor Thorn —
With racial tensions in Chicago threatening to erupt as they previously had in Ferguson and Baltimore, a new wave of black militant protesters seems hell bent on inciting anarchy. Akin to earlier radical groups like the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter has called for the death of police officers while ignoring an epidemic of black-on-black crime in urban “war zones.”
Jackson, the great-grandson of slaves from Virginia, is no ordinary bishop.
He served for three years in the United States Marine Corps, graduated the University of Massachusetts Boston with honors after only three years, attended Harvard Law School and earned his law degree, practiced law in the Boston area for 15 years, studied theology at the Harvard Divinity School, and taught administrative law at Northeastern University.
Jackson told AMERICAN FREE PRESS during a December 4 interview: “Barack Obama wouldn’t want to sit in on any of our meetings because he wouldn’t want to hear what I have to say to him. Obama comes from Chicago, the murder capital of America, but he’s squandered his opportunity to end this scourge of chaos in our inner cities.”
Jackson continued, “Instead of worrying so much about global warming, gay rights, and illegal immigrants, Obama should have used his bully pulpit as a moral force. He should tell blacks that they live in the greatest country in the world and that they can change their lives through hard work, determination, and a commitment to advancement. But he’s nothing but an empty politician pushing his far-left agenda.”
Fed up with seven years of misguided policies, Jackson added, “A lot of black folks are waking up and realizing that Barack Obama doesn’t give a hoot about them. He’s completely disconnected from the real needs of this country. We need a president who actually cares. He’s done absolutely nothing about telling blacks that it takes honor and integrity to be successful.”
Instead, as a genuine Marxist to his core, Obama has advocated big government as the only option. Jackson clearly disagrees.
“Government’s not the solution,” he said. “They’ve made the condition of black communities worse with their huge welfare programs. As a way of assuaging so-called white guilt, Obama has cut off personal responsibility and replaced it with government largesse.”
Providing specifics, Jackson explained: “In 1960, 75% of black children were raised in two-parent monogamous homes. Today, that number is between 20% and 30%, with 72% of black children born out of wedlock. On top of that, many inner city black youths suffer from 45% unemployment. The government is more responsible than any other factor for breaking up the black family, and it can’t begin to address the cultural issues in our communities.”
This topic provided a perfect transition for Jackson.
“Black youths are being told by their leaders that if they seek excellence, then they’re acting white,” he said. “It’s also acting white if they study hard and speak proper English. But here’s the heart of this matter: cultural pathologies such as poverty, fatherlessness, and gangs have taken root in our communities. Going to jail or living on the streets affirms a young black man’s status. It makes them somebody important, somebody to be looked up to. Right now, drug dealers pushing a perverted product are the best entrepreneurs in our neighborhoods.”
All of which leads to more mayhem and destruction, according to Jackson.
“Black-on-black crime is being promoted by people who exploit race for the advancement of their own agendas,” he said. “Last year, Reverand Al Sharpton’s organization took in $7 million. How much of that money did they give back to blacks? Not a cent. Sharpton hasn’t made one lick of real progress for blacks, the people he claims to care so much about.”
According to Jackson, the same reasoning applies to other groups.
“Black Lives Matter is a disgrace,” he said. “It’s all about dividing us racially, with whites and cops seen as evil while blacks are their victims. Yet statistically, police killings pale in comparison to black-on-black crime. Even then, overwhelmingly, most of the time when young black men are shot by police, they were doing questionable things at best, or outright violating the law.”
Unlike Obama, Sharpton, or Black Lives Matter, Jackson has solutions, as he told AFP.
“Under Project Awakening, instead of promoting gangster rap, we support cultural renewal, economic advancement, and technical education,” he said.
This final idea, education, caused Jackson to introduce a controversial approach.
“The reality is that most young blacks will never escape their fate because of the parents raising them,” he said. “Black parents are the problem, and we must get children out of these households and away from them. We need to create a new paradigm. Right now, many black families consist of a father who’s absent, a mother on drugs, their 12-year-old daughter having sex, and young boys running the streets. Boarding schools need to be part of an actual comprehensive plan to save these kids.”
Again, turning away from bloated social programs that have failed for the past 60 years, Jackson declared, “When it comes to impacting black culture, churches must be the central institution, not government. Barack Obama should listen to Project Awakening, but all he cares about is his legacy.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.